NEW YORK, July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hublot and Paris Saint-Germain, the world-renowned French Football Club, debuted the Official Watch of Paris Saint-Germain, Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Paris Saint-Germain, in celebration of the team's North America summer tour. Hot on the heels of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™, where Hublot served as the Official Timekeeper, this partnership and timepiece are another example of Hublot's love for global "football" and ongoing support of the "Hublot Loves Football" campaign launched during FIFA World Cup Brazil™ last summer.
Hublot's U.S. Managing Director, Jean-Francois Sberro, hosted an exclusive cocktail event with the team at a private rooftop garden atop the historic Rockefeller Center to launch the Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Paris Saint-Germain timepiece. Star players in attendance included Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Silva, as well as Kevin Trapp who officially joined the Parisian Club last week.
The night celebrated French culture, including music by French DJ, Olivier Meiji, and a live art demonstration by French artist, JonOne. As a surprise to guests, Paris Saint-Germain players also tried their hand at painting, creating a one-of-a-kind painting on a large canvas with the help of the artist. The painting will be auctioned off later this season to benefit the team's charitable foundation, Fondation Paris Saint-Germain. To top it off, guests enjoyed desserts made by the team with cult pastry chef, Dominique Ansel.
The timepiece unveiling was hosted by former New York Giants' Quarterback and Friend of Hublot, Jesse Palmer, and included VIP attendees, including New York Giants' star Victor Cruz, New York Knicks' basketball player Lance Thomas, FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ champion Kelley O'Hara, and LVMH USA CEO, Pauline Brown.
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, noted, "Hublot is thrilled to welcome the Paris Saint-Germain team to New York City as we show our support for this great team through our dedication to the sport of football. Our brand has an exciting history with Paris Saint-Germain, and here tonight, we continue to celebrate 'Hublot Loves Football' and the Art of Fusion by blending together different aspects of the French culture through sports, art, music and food."
The Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Paris Saint-Germain – Hublot's second timepiece with the French football champion – is limited to 100 pieces and features a 45.5mm titanium case with a sapphire anti-reflective treatment and the Paris Saint-Germain logo printed on the case back glass. Inspired by the iconic team colors, embellishments of red, white and blue are reflected throughout the dial, hands and strap. Manufactured with Hublot's in-house UNICO self-winding bi-retrograde movement and designed to time two halves of a soccer match, the sleek and sporty timepiece will be available exclusively at Hublot boutiques around the world.
As the first luxury watch brand to become involved with European football in 2006, Hublot has since built a strong presence in the world of football. Hublot's relationship with the French Club began in 2013 when it became the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the team and introduced the first timepiece known as the King Power Paris Saint-Germain.
Paris Saint-Germain recently launched a new campaign, "Paris Loves US," to support its North America tour during the International Champions Cup – demonstrating how keen it is to pursue development on the continent. Throughout the team's 18 days in North America they will travel from New York City to Charlotte, Chicago, and Montreal to play matches against some of Europe's top clubs. Paris Saint-Germain also launched a dedicated website for their North America Tour, allowing fans across the world to follow along the team's journey and celebrate "Paris Loves US."
LINK TO EVENT IMAGES: https://app.box.com/s/kp63l8ibsv9t2mbgx7fpnxfh1ipctlae
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LINK TO B-ROLL VIDEO OF EVENT: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cxheltmsu71sjrk/AACaMBjhGpdf-HuDVGjGvpd9a?dl=0
"Hublot - A different way to progress" say those who know this unique Swiss luxury watch company, where each and every moment moves forward to create the future at breathtaking speed. A dream, initiated and developed by Hublot's Chairman Jean-Claude Biver with CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe when they took control of the brand in 2004. These two men are responsible for turning the Hublot brand into a genuine success story in which the King Power, Classic Fusion, and Big Bang, now celebrating its 10th Anniversary with exciting limited editions, represent the symbols of a constantly evolving tradition.
From in-house watch complications, including award-winning minute repeaters and tourbillon, to revolutionary materials such as patented scratch resistant Magic Gold and colored Texalium carbon fiber, to world class collaborations such as Ferrari, FIFA™ World Cup, and Italia Independent, Hublot characterizes itself through the "Art of Fusion" philosophy, bringing tradition into the future. For more information, visit www.hublot.com.
ABOUT PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Three years ago, Paris Saint-Germain set itself the goal of becoming a global sports brand by embodying in everything it does and in all its communications the values of elegance, excellence and respect that are associated with Paris whose name its brand so proudly bears. French champions, and quarter-finalists in the UEFA Champions League during the 2014/2015 season for the third consecutive year, the first stages of the club's project bear witness to its aim to join the very top flight European clubs.
Paris Saint-Germain is very active in the media sector, particularly through PSG TV, available on the Internet in 3 versions (French, English and Spanish), and PSG.fr published online in 8 versions which attracts a total of 15 million page views and 1,5 million one-off visitors on average per month (with over 30% from overseas). Paris Saint-Germain is the top-ranked French club on social networks with over 110 million fans and followers (club, teams and players combined). www.psg.fr / @PSG_inside / facebook.com/PSG
ABOUT THE BIG BANG UNICO BI-RETROGRADE PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Reference 413.NX.1129.LR.PSG15 - Limited to 100 numbered pieces
Case "Big Bang Unico" – Diameter 45.5mm
Polished and satin-finished titanium
Bezel Polished and satin-finished titanium with 6 H-shaped titanium screws
Glass Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Bezel Lug Blue composite resin
Crown Black rubber and satin-finished Titanium
Pushers : Titanium with red and black rubber
Case back Titanium, satin-finished and "100 NUM" engraved
Case back Glass Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment and Paris
Saint-Germain logo printed
Dial Metallic blue multilayer dial
Hands Red retrograde minute hand
White retrograde second hand
Satin-finished and microblasted rhodium-plated minute,
hour and small second hands with white luminescent
Movement HUB1261 UNICO Manufacture self-winding Bi-retrograde
movement with central chronograph and column wheel
Power Reserve 72 Hours
Water Resistance 10 ATM (100m)
Strap Black rubber and blue alligator strap with white stitching
Buckle Titanium deployant buckle clasp
SOURCE Hublot and Paris Saint-Germain